The World Series Nobody Saw Coming: The Southwest Showdown
Who would have predicted this? The Arizona Diamondbacks punched their ticket to the 2023 Word Series with a 4-2 win over the heavily favored Philadelphia Phillies in Game 7 of the NLCS. The D-Backs, who were a playoff afterthought will make their second ever trip to the Fall Classic when they face the Texas Rangers beginning Friday.
The unlikely turn of events hits its crescendo in the bottom of the seventh inning when reliever Kevin Ginkel found a way to retire both Trea Turner and Bryce Harper with two men on base preserving that light 4-2 advantage.
The Phillies would never threaten again, failing to get a man on base the rest of the night.
Former Met Paul Sewald locked down his sixth save of the postseason with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to silence Citizen’s Bank Park.
Taking home MVP honors was Ketel Marte. Much deserved after hitting .358 in the postseason with two homers and seven RBI. However this Game 7 victory falls on the shoulders of rookie Corbin Carroll who was unstoppable in the lineup. Carroll went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Carroll scored the game’s first run on a Fielder’s Choice. Later he drove in the tying run on a single to center in the fifth. His RBI Sac Fly in the top of the seventh, scoring Geraldo Perdomo padded the lead.
CHIP ON THE SHOULDER:
Give a lot of credit to the Diamondbacks. Not only did they fight off three better teams (the Brewers, Dodgers and Phillies) to get to this World Series, but they did so with a chip on their shoulder.
Sirius XM host Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo threatened to retire if the D-Backs proved him wrong and won the pennant. That’s all Arizona could talk about on Tuesday night.
NEW YORK IMPACT?
This World Series might not have been possible without the New York Mets. Most know the Amazin’s purged their roster at the trade deadline. Max Scherzer was sent to Texas and utility man Tommy Pham was sent packing to Arizona. Both players, including Jacob deGrom, who left the Mets last off-season to sign with Texas, can rub it in the face of their former team by winning a ring.